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The top fourth of a human tibia was also found in the cellar, somewhat removed from the skull. The upper joint (epiphysis) is still unfused with the shaft, indicating an age of about 14 years. This age is similar to that identified by the partially erupted dentition of the skull, suggesting the leg also belonged to "Jane". The bone has a chop half-way through its shaft. The blade entered the leg bone below the knee and from behind, breaking the shaft and exposing the marrow. Fine cuts indicate a sharp knife was also used to remove the leg.

Posterior view, right tibia

Posterior view of the tibia. Red arrows indicate straight-edged cuts that separated this proximal bone end from the inferior shaft, which was not recovered from the cellar.

Closeup of posterior cut, proximal tibia

Straight-edged chop in posterior aspect of the proximal tibia.

Closeup of small medial-anterior cut, proximal tibia

Straight-edged chop in the medial-anterior tibia shaft; the jagged edges are areas where the bone was broken during removal of its lower half.

Images courtesy: Smithsonian Institution